If you fall asleep in class this clever robot will know and wake you up

We're pretty sure most people reading this will have fallen asleep at school or university before, whether it's because you had a particularly boring teacher or drank a little too much free alcohol during fresher's week. Well now researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working on a robotic teacher that will detect when pupils…

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Becca CaddyIf you fall asleep in class this clever robot will know and wake you up

Creepy avatar lady wants to help you get on that plane (and ANYTHING else)

Customer service representatives at a number of airports across the states are being replaced by avatars that provide travellers with basic information while smiling manically. Who wants to hire someone who might get sick, express their opinions or have feelings? That kind of rubbish could cause all sorts of problems, so let's take tips from…

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Becca CaddyCreepy avatar lady wants to help you get on that plane (and ANYTHING else)

Scientists create robotic arm you can control with your mind

Researchers at Brown University in the US have created a robotic arm designed to help disabled people carry out basic tasks. Now we know what you're thinking, that's been done before. A lot. But this new device is unique in that it can be controlled by your mind. For some time now robotics engineers have…

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Becca CaddyScientists create robotic arm you can control with your mind

Creepy, faceless robot baby will make you feel better on long distance calls

This is the Hugvie, a creepy, colourful little robot baby that's designed to make you feel more of a connection with those you talk to on the phone. The Hugvie is a robot/cuddly toy hybrid developed by the Osaka University and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Japan. Its exterior is soft and cuddly…

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Becca CaddyCreepy, faceless robot baby will make you feel better on long distance calls

WTF: Hairdressers may soon be replaced by robots

We've heard of robots cleaning our homes, looking after the elderly and going on adventures with Luke Skywalker, but Panasonic has recently pioneered a new device that will... drum roll please... change the way we wash our hair. Oh. The fear that robots will soon deem 90% of the population redundant and take over more…

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Becca CaddyWTF: Hairdressers may soon be replaced by robots

Karotz robot rabbit is your new personal assistant

Although robots are now more advanced than ever, the thought of having one in your home still feels a bit strange (we blame I, Robot). However, this quirky little white rabbit called Karotz aims to be your very own little robotic personal assistant. But remember, this is less of a tidy up that mess, make…

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Becca CaddyKarotz robot rabbit is your new personal assistant

Robot skin becomes reality: For lovable androids, or android police?

In the Star Trek universe it was the Borg Queen who introduced Data to skin that meant he could feel touch - in reality this is now being developed right here on earth. The sci-fi dream is taking place at Stanford University, where Professor Zhenan Bao is hard at work creating something she calls "super…

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How Three-Legged Dogs Help Robo-Design

Whether you think of them as victims, strong survivors or youtube gold, you probably haven't thought that three-legged dogs would be useful models for robo-design. But a German research scientist, Martin Gross from the University of Jena, has realised he could learn some interesting things about locomotion from how three-legged dogs move. Research on how…

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Anna LeachHow Three-Legged Dogs Help Robo-Design

Married by a robot – Japanese couple do it a bit differently

So perhaps fewer people in the UK are religious these days, but while people might choose to get married in a registrar's office rather than a church, not many would want their nuptials presided over by a robot. In Japan, of course, it's different. A couple in Tokyo were married by a four-foot tall robot…

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Anna LeachMarried by a robot – Japanese couple do it a bit differently

The Robovie-II: at last, a robot that does the shopping

Why carry your shopping yourself when you can get a robot to do it? Okay, they still have trolleys rather than robots in the average British Tescos, but in Japan... they have bag-carrying robots. FTW Japan. The robotic shopping assistant from company ATR is designed to make shopping more convenient and entertaining for the elderly.…

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Anna LeachThe Robovie-II: at last, a robot that does the shopping

Brain chips from Intel: will let you operate the computer by just thinking about it

Ah, good, somebody is working on making brain chips so we can control computers by thinking about them. And that somebody is not a mad robo-obsessed scientist, but Intel, the commercial chip giant, making it seem more likely that chips will be arriving in a brain near you in the not-too-distant future. According to ComputerWorld,…

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Anna LeachBrain chips from Intel: will let you operate the computer by just thinking about it